Human being. Encourager.
Seeker. Spacemaker.

Self care ambassador  Encourager of "doing you"  Promoter of making your own rules
 Facilitator of mega life changes that feel good

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Hiya! I'm Dionne,

Hiya! I'm Dionne, a creative coach, yoga and meditation teacher, dj, writer, spacemaking event maker, but above all, a human being that loves life, good vibes and feelings.

I also love movement, memes, music, food, words, self care, colour, creating spaces that didn´t exist before, cultivating community, collecting inspiration, explorations and adventures.

And sharing combos of these things in spaces and places that might not be the “normal” context. Cause what´s “normal” anyway?!

Most of all, i love sharing combos of these things in ways that are REAL and FUN with GOOD people. Real people. Who are also curious and interested in ways to make life better, more inspired, more abundant, more in-flow. In whatever ways that work for them.

 

Where are you though? 

Dionne Yoga Bergen

I'm currently based between the UK (south coast- yo!) and Norway (west and east coast-yo!). I run community events, retreats and experiences in both countries and beyond (thank you, internet!) as well as working one to one with my creative coaching clients all over the world. Life is a bit of a mixup. I like to embrace that.

Polymaths unite!

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I believe...

you can feel good and create an inspired life that is meaningful and sustainable in your own unique way.

I support people to feel empowered to create real life change that´s purposeful, authentic, balanced and real.

It´s my mission to share tools for transformation that are inclusive and accessible

so you can feel good whilst carving your own path.

I encourage you to do you.

I´m into celebrating uniqueness.

And getting real, into the guts, and making space to feel the feels.

Wherever you have come from, whatever you´ve been through,

you are important, of value and worthy of and entitled to designing a life that feels great

(not just one that looks nice from the outside)

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How i do what i do:

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Creative Coaching

I'm a creative coach and support people to delve into their desires and to create positive, meaningful and sustainable changes that help them feel better every day.

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Yoga, meditation
+ wellness experiences

I've been teaching yoga since 2010, holding thousands of community classes, one-to-one's, workshops and experiences both in the UK and Norway.

You can find out about my current offerings and some of my previous projects below. 

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Writing

Writing is life. And i create resources for you about a lot of life suff, including authentic and accessible self care, real-life talk and tips for managing the challenging stuff (usually with some lols and gifs). 

It's generally a multimedia feast and i collect and curate resources and make feel-good inspiration holes. You know, collating the good stuff from the internet and irl which i hope will inspire and delight.

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Music

I curate sounds to help you feel good/better.

Now and then i play records (or MP3s), sometimes alone, sometimes as Brød & Smør running events like "silent art discos" and late night at the museum. I´m usually dancing in equal measure. Oh and I have a radio show. It's called FEELINGS. And a podcast or two.

Plus i've made gallons of yoga playlists. I like to call them “playlists”. I also make mixes for you to enjoy on the regular (you can access them via my Digest). 

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Retreats

I've been running retreats since 2012 and they are really a combination of all of the elements of what i do, explorations in coaching, writing, music, yoga, meditation and wellness, oh and a big emphasis on really really great food with an amazing community.

They tend to evoke big positive changes as you are able to step out and really focus on doing you how you want to. It's important to me that wellness is accessible, and although yoga classes are great alone, sometimes it´s nice to get an opportunity to go deeper into practice with more time immersed in movement and stillness studies.

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My weekly digest

I send out letters filled with personal insights and inspo plus bonus treats like playlists, offerings and news nuggets in one distilled digest sent straight to your inbox. If you're not already on the list you can sign up below. 

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Fancy working with me?

Here's a list of projects past and present and ways we might be able to work together!

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Here's 12 things i'm interested in:

1. Spacemaking

Less tension, more ease, more room, more goodness, more potential. I´m into supporting people to show up in the world in ways that feels spacious, whilst taking care of themselves on that journey. Read more about that in my FAQ.

2. Self care

Always, all ways. I´m interested in self care for real life, for real people. The take-home real-life tools and techniques that are adaptable, sustainable and accessible. And most of all resonate with who you are and what you value. Sometimes, we weren't taught tools or encouraged to hold space for ourselves. I help humans feel empowered define their own versions of self care, to create their own rituals, and their relationship to them, hopefully finding ways to feel better everyday, whatever you have going on. Take care of you.

3. Growth

Moving forwards with integrity, staying curious not complacent.

I´m committed to growing, learning, and being open to new ideas for my own personal development as well as supporting others to go deep in exploring their own potential, intentions, dreams, hopes and plans. Essentially self development whilst making your own rules (see below).  

4. Making your own rules

Living according to your own terms, in your own way, reflected by your own authentic expression in ways that are balanced - that don´t leave you crashing or burning out. I believe you can design a life that is abundant, nourishing, exciting and real. It´s not about one size fitting all, rather a curious adventure. Practice. Enquiry. Exploration. Self care. Empowerment. Listening to what you need. Being open to possibilities. In ways that are real and true for you. And sustainable. Cause who wants a temporary solution when you can have a lifestyle transformation?

5. Doing You!

I´m passionate about people feeling empowered to claim their own lives. I´m a cheerleader, encourager and celebrator (is that a thing? Let´s make that a thing!) and want other great humans to be out there, living their best lives! We all have something unique to offer that´s valuable, so I´m praise of the individual whilst celebrating community and diversity. Do you, boo!

6. Keeping it real

Authenticity is my jam. Everything i make, share and do is rooted in it being meaningful, truthful and intentional.

7. Creativity

We are all creative beings and i value the importance of expressing your creativity fully. I encourage and remind humans to explore creativity for themselves without the pressures of labels or of things needing to be perfect (you're already perfect!)  I´m also passionate about creating offerings that i want to see in the world that didn't exist before. Whether it's space for community to form and grow. Or doing things differently.

8. Connection

Sharing content that resonates with good people - real people - that inspires them to find more space, connection and community. in real life and online. And being intentional with that in everything i do, share and create. It has to have meaning.

9. Vibes

- Good ones :) Cultivating and seeking out positive vibes yet holding space for and respecting resistance.

10 Feelings

Although i'm into good vibes and humans feeling empowered to feel better, i´m also an encourager of respectfully holding space to feel the feels, honouring and using them to trust your guts and listen to yourself a little better. Do what you feel, babes. My radio show is dedicated to that. 

11. Healing

Creating spaces where healing and self care can happen using tools like creative coaching, movement, meditation, music and words. I´m interested in getting real about ways to heal and thrive. In taking care of our physical, mental and emotional health.

12. Finding Flow

I help humans find their flow in ways that are real, clear, focussed and accessible, avoiding fluff and superficial jargon and creating more ease (and less tension). I´m interested in a way of being that feels “in-flow” - that is, it feels easeful - despite obstacles or challenges - so i support humans to flow their own way, to make a life that is meaningful and exciting and literally, living the dream. We get to write the story we always wanted to tell. And to own it.

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Feel empowered...

to create the changes you want.
To be inspired to make that thing you´ve been hankering for.
To feel motivated to (cue MJ from 1989´s Man In The Mirror) “make that change”.
Real life tips, not a strict, snooty approach. Room to ponder. Ask questions.
Explore and have an adventure.
Inspiration. Encouragement. Motivation.
Down to earth realness.
Humour.
A different approach to creating a life that feels good.

 
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My journey to self care + empowering others to make their own rules

Over the last 25 years i´ve had a few different careers (that intersected across media + arts), as well as worked in a fair few different spaces and places. From the UK to the Caribbean, the south of France, Monaco, Barcelona, Norway and beyond. Before starting my own business, i´ve mostly been in media, radio, music, film, wellness and arts, but in between, there have definitely been some sprinkles of randomness like:

  • working on a superyacht in Monaco hosting guests at ridiculous parties and cleaning up bodily fluids (don´t ask...or do!),
  • "acting*" (*read: eating pizza) on the rooftops of Dublin for a music video,
  • presenting for a grime music channel in East London wearing a sequin bolero,
  • serving terrible cortados and Irish whiskeys in Bergen,
  • talking to gallons of cheerful engineers on the London Underground from Canary Wharf,
  • serving saltfish and rice and peas and toothpaste (not together) from a store in the eastern Caribbean, 
  • working in a call centre and writing a book (together)
  • scrubbing lots of toilets and sweeping lots of floors (in most places past + present)

...it´s certainly not been boring and i´m grateful for it all! To some, this synopsis of my CV might seem absurd, but to me, it interconnects. Because...

1) i learned a lot about humans.
From the richest to the least affluent. How business run and about work culture. How people take care of themselves or not. I´ve seen humans from all kinds of perspectives. And it made me constantly reflect on how i wanted to show up in the world... 

2) they pushed me out of my comfort zone.
often, i was told people like me couldn´t do most of these things, so i shouldn´t hope for much, therefore i felt it was imperative to go out there and do it anyway. It made me unafraid to start again -or embarassed to begin from scratch and work my way to where i want to be. I´m grateful to have fearlessly plunged into a number of careers.

3) they gifted me with skills and broadened my perspective.
Ok, some of the skills might seem a little random but they have come in surprisingly useful! I questioned many of the "rules" around how you had to perform and ways you had to do things just because "that´s how it´s always been done". It made me curious. Reflective. Aware of my privilege. Purposeful. Because i´ve always felt you can "do you", being kind and encouraging to others no matter were you are or what you are doing. PS that also taught me about boundaries, cause you don´t have to be a pushover just because you care about others.

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Work-work-work-work-burnout

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As most working class children of immigrants know, you’re taught from birth that you have to work twice as hard to get anywhere in life. I was warned that being mixed race and (also) self-identifying as Black was provocative. Hair, skin and body, political. Taboo. The shame. As a teen, my teacher echoed the caution, warning me i´d need to work three times as hard simply because I was a woman and a person of colour. I guess this mantra has deep roots.

It was clear that there were spaces i wasn’t supposed to inhabit. The glass ceilings felt claustrophobic. Rules around what rooms i was allowed in have followed me into adulthood and fuelled my fire. 

Underlying everything was a need to somehow prove i was enough. Capable. Worthy...or something. But it compromised my physical and mental health.

In my 20s and 30s i experienced numerous burnouts accompanied by old friends anxiety and depression. I moved houses over 20 times in six years. Changing countries, cities and small towns in the process. Of the list of countless jobs and careers, i juggled many simultaneously to, you know, “survive”. I learned to graft from a young age, my first job at 11 and finally starting my own business aged 30. I wanted to prove that we can choose to exist wherever we want to. Create what stirs or soothes us.  

I´m not afraid to start again. I´ve done it many times in my life. Lost everything. Was close to breaking. But knew deep down there was something more for me. And i want to help others to connect to that for themselves.

It has driven me. To deepen my own explorations around self care, Otherness, trauma and mental health using art, wellness and creativity as my mediums. To strive to create spaces that are inclusive and accessible. To be an encourager. To support people to feel empowered to make their own rules, and to live their own life in ways that feel good.

Sometimes it’s difficult to explain to people what i do, as i run numerous projects relating to yoga, wellness, creativity, coaching, self care, writing and music both here, in Norway and beyond (thanks internet!).

But the mission that connects it all is to facilitate ways for people to feel empowered to design a life that feels good, whilst sustainably implementing their own real-life self care strategies into their everyday.

I´ve created events that use spaces that weren´t often used for yoga/music projects, i´ve taken over art museums and culture houses and fro-yo warehouses and chicken shops and schools and offices and basically anywhere that let me in to hold events combining wellness, personal development, yoga, music, art and self care, trying to challenge stereotypes and expectations around these subjects. For me at least, it makes sense that they overlap, and sometimes there is this weird snootiness that tries to keep them exclusive and inaccessible. I want to continue to break down those walls and create spaces and environments and experiences for people to feel empowered and to feel better.

It can be political to be a woman of colour leading and sharing these kinds of offerings, especially because i use non-standard physical and online spaces. But to me it makes sense, deconstructing and redefining boundaries and spaces too. It’s political to be a polymath. To not fit into a box. But hopefully that’s changing. And i want to support others to redefine and design their own lives that feel good - balanced, real and meaningful.

Everybody deserves access to transformational tools that are authentic and accessible and it´s my mission to empower other humans to adapt and “take home” these techniques so they can create their own versions of self care in creative and sustainable ways.

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Bonus funfacts!

You made it this far! Here is your reward, babes!

Fave books

The Farming of Bones - Edwidge Danticat

Swing Time - Zadie Smith

Fruit of the Lemon - Andrea Levy
 

Fave spacemaking activities / rituals

Mediation (after years of resisting + subsequently failing and realising that was all part of it.)

Yoga and movement studies

Bathroom discos

Beachside mianders 

Talking to cats and dogs, in these streets

Evening baths

Morning pages

 

Fave places

Le Comptoire General, Paris

That deli with great Turkish coffee in Chapel Hill, USA

Tiffin Wallah, NY

St Lucia

Brighton

Pilion  + Amorgos in Greece

Best advice:

A strong spirit transcends rules” - Prince

Do you, boo” - Shameless Maya

When people show you who you are, believe them” - Maya Angelou

When you know better, you do better” - also Maya

Boy, just be yourself! If people don´t like you, f*ck em!” - Bernie in House Party 2

Fave song:

Of course, impossible, yet so simple: i would die 4u - Prince.

 

Power songs:

Francis Bebey - Yes, i believe in you

Harry Case - Carry Me Home

 

What do i believe in?

Crystals, muji pens, (not sponsored!), the power of baklava + food in general. music. Sea magic. My animal friends. Duvets. Energy.

 

Fave kings + queens

Eartha kitt, Zadie Smith, bell hooks, Ru Paul, Patti´s potato pies, robot guy, Patrice Rushden, prince. Sylvester. Willy. Oprah. Chaka. (there are so many more of my faves here)

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Fave style era: 1970s - especially Prince´s + Sun Ra´s wardrobe. And Chaka´s. I could go on so will try to reign it in….there´s a playlist here if you´re interested.

 
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So, shall we take it to the next level? 

The choice is yours!

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